Tomás N. Rico-Mora holds an interdisciplinary professional experience which was acquired, over the years, through a range of investment planning, project portfolio management, teaching/research, team coordination and managerial tasks. After graduating from DUSP-MIT (Course 11), he worked as an Agricultural Project Economist (consultant) for the World Bank and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. His career also comprises appointments with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD-Rome), and as undersecretary for rural development, government of Michoacan (Mexico). Altogether, his extensive country fieldwork includes the diverse agro-ecological, institutional and territorial settings of some of the poorest, most difficult countries, including contrasting regions of Bolivia, Brazil, Nigeria, Uzbekistan, Lusophone Africa, Equatorial Guinea, Cuba, the Philippine and East Caribbean islands, and Mexico and Central America. CURRENT STUDY Whilst continuing active as an international consultant and indigenous peoples development promoter, Tomás N. Rico-Mora is currently working on a paper that seeks to identify —with a view to applying in FVC-related development practice (fragility, violence and conflict)—, the lessons that can be derived from the climate-change research and perspective originally generated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He is also working on the formulation of a renewed, integrated and consistent business model for UN-Habitat: one that rationalizes the Program’s multiplicity of initiatives, action themes, networks, and campaigns. Tomás N Rico-Mora affirms that this new UN-Habitat profile —which will need to emerge from the expected recommendations of the Independent Panel to Assess/Enhance Effectiveness of UN-Habitat after the Adoption of the New Urban Agenda— should also address the critical issue of the strategic integration of UN-Habitat to UN country operations, thus breaking the inertia of the “silos-based” operational model. The new “model” should also address— he further argues—, the fundamentally pending matters of financing and implementation for the New Urban Agenda.